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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 20:02

January Sale: YFS's best ever discounted media bundle

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To kick off 2017, YFS is offering a sale like never before. Regardless of your age group, region or level, this offer is open to everyone. Each player will get a fantastic souvenir bundle of a match DVD and framed photo print; the coaching team will get the footage on their computer/tablet to analyse; your website/social media page will get an up to date professional photo of all individual players; and the best bits will feature on YFS TV.
The deadline to fill out the form below is January 20th, however once you have secured your voucher, you can use it at any match in the coming months. If you'd like to take advantage of this offer, please fill out the form below:
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 21:48

From Forfar to FIFA: Joe's journalism journey

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The Youth Football Scotland Journalism & Media Team prides itself on giving people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds the opportunity to build their skills, enhance their career prospects, whilst helping raise the profile of the youth game in Scotland (click here if you are interested in joining). Over the six years since the programme launched, many have progressed into full time roles within the local and national media.
However, last February, one of the YFS graduates embarked on a career step with a difference. Joe Birchenall (pictured, far left, alongside World Cup winner Roger Hunt) swapped the public parks of Tayside for the role of Multimedia Editor at the newly opened FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich. After his first year in the job, YFS caught up with Joe.
Tell us about your time with YFS? 
My time with YFS was great and I really enjoyed it! I was a reporter for roughly two years, covering games in Dundee and then later Edinburgh. I feel YFS has grown quite a bit since I was there – which is great. Like I say, I really enjoyed my time and I recommend it to anybody who asks - especially if they want journalistic experience. Getting to watch and write about games that mean so much to the boys and girls playing in them was a privilege, and something I was very happy to do. 
What were the biggest benefits of volunteering with YFS? 
The chance to get real experience working in a football environment was huge. Writing regularly, speaking to the people involved, taking pictures, even just being there and getting an idea of what works best - I think it all helps. I learned a lot during my time with YFS, and got to cover some brilliant games. If you like football and want to work in football journalism, I think YFS is an ideal way of getting experience. I once got to interview a Scottish national team player (Steven Whittaker) with YFS so that was a pretty big benefit too!
How did you find out about the role at FIFA? 
I just came across an advert for the job on FIFA’s website to be honest. I don't think I've ever been so excited reading through a job description! I knew straight away that it was something I could really get into and the skill set seemed to match my own so I applied. Seven interviews and a trip to Zurich later and I got the job. 
What does the role involve? 
One of the best bits about it is that I get to do quite a lot of different things. First and foremost, I’m responsible for web content and generally helping out with any writing that involves English. On top of that I liaise and organise a network of colleagues around the world, do lots of social media, take photographs, cover any events or goings on, give VIPs tours...lots of stuff really. I've been lucky enough to get to meet numerous World Cup winners. It’s great but I was very nervous the first time! 
How easy is it to adapt to working in Switzerland? 
In terms of my job it’s actually been quite straightforward as the guys I work with come from all over the world. My boss is French and my co-workers come from Spain, Italy, Germany and Greece (among others) so our main language is English. Outside of work it can be a bit trickier as my German is pretty terrible but I like to think it’s getting better (it's not). Finding a football team to play for is much easier in Scotland but I’ve finally got one, and I’m now part of a local club and loving it. 
What is it like working at such a massive global football organisation?
It’s challenging and there’s a lot of work to do but the people I work with are great and we all get on well. We talk about football a lot! I know FIFA's reputation has seen better days but I can honestly say that everybody I've met there is friendly, hardworking and professional. The people I work closest with are genuine fans of the game and so that helps too. Some of my coworkers have been working in football for decades so I've got a huge opportunity to learn from them.
YFS will be in attendance at the Dunbar United v Penicuik Athletic on 3rd December. We are offering parents the chance to claim a fantastic discounted bundle of photo gifts, when they order in advance (please note, this bundle will not be available after 9pm the night before).
YFS will be in attendance at the PFD Festival on Sunday 11th December at Oriam. We are offering parents the chance to claim a fantastic discounted bundle of photo gifts, when they order in advance (please note, this bundle will not be available after 9pm the night before).
The bundle consists of the following:
- 2 x boarded frame prints (team and individual photo) 
- Keyring (individual or team with club badge on reverse)
- Fridge magnet
- High quality digital image of both the individual & team photo.
- Price: £18
- Optional extra: Snowglobe (£5)
To take advantage of this offer please call 0131 629-7903.
YFS will be in attendance at the Bayside FC Winter Festival on Saturday 3rd December. We are offering parents the chance to claim a fantastic discounted bundle of photo gifts, when they order in advance (please note, this bundle will not be available after 9pm the night before).
The bundle consists of the following:
- 2 x boarded frame prints (team and individual photo) 
- Keyring (individual or team with club badge on reverse)
- Fridge magnet
- High quality digital image of both the individual & team photo.
- Optional extra: Snowglobe
Sunday, 20 November 2016 19:35

Get your limited edition personalised snow globe

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Black Friday Sale - 25% off until 30th November.
This Christmas we are offering you the chance to get your very own snow globe! Personalised with the team, individual or action photo of your choice (pick two) and just £12.
It can feature any photos from the YFS galleries or your own. Simply make a purchase using the button below and we'll be in touch with you to help you select your photos.
Monday, 19 September 2016 12:09

YFS confirms exciting partnership with FilmMyMatch

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Youth Football Scotland is excited to announce a partnership with professional filming and analysis company FilmMyMatch that will enable us to further enhance the quality of coverage of youth football across Scotland.
Established in 2012, FilmMyMatch uses the latest technology (including extendable tripod technology and High Definition cameras) to capture the excitement and passion of live sporting events and showcase the talent that exists from grassroots to elite level.
From October, FilmMyMatch will support YFS in establishing trained camera operatives throughout Scotland, providing the opportunity for teams to access ‘Sky Sports’ style elevated footage at any venue (see example below, from the tie between Drumsagard and Clyde U13s). 
Footage will be made available to view online and via mobile/tablet devices within 24 hours of each game, enabling players, coaches, family and friends to easily watch and share games.
Furthermore, FilmMyMatch will provide an additional range of editing and analysis services, giving teams a chance to retain a high quality memento of a big game, or use it as unique coaching tool to improve performance.
FilmMyMatch Director Dave Roe said: “We are delighted to be working with YFS. The organisation provides a unique and valuable service to grassroots football in Scotland and we are proud to be supporting them in enhancing this service even further.”
YFS director Robbie Forsyth added: "FilmMyMatch will bring an exciting new dimension to our match filming services. It is exciting to offer young players and volunteers not just the opportunity to relive magic moments but to analyse their performance and improve their game."
At present YFS is seeking clubs in the Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow area that would be interested in pioneering the service in Scotland (at a discounted trial price). If your club would like more information, please contact Segiu Timar on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0131 629-7903.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 07:30

IFA U17 Futsal World Cup 2016 - Tournament DVD

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You can now relive the thrilling IFA U17 Futsal World Cup, with our souvenir tournament DVD. The DVD includes:
- Extended highlights of every match (additional footage which didn't appear on the public highlights videos)
- Every interview from every match and the individual team features.
- Pre cup final press conference.
- Top 10 goals of the tournament, as voted by the YFS journalists.
- A "6x4" team photo print of your chosen team.
Buy your copy now using the link below (all prices include UK postage, international postage will be charged separately when determined).
Team Photo(s)
Thursday, 01 September 2016 12:50

Vote for your goal & save of the season now...

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Over last ten days, you have been voting for the best goal and best save caught on camera in season 2015/16. Thousands of votes have been cast, with people cast theirs online, at the four YFS club media nights (pictured, right) and with a couple of extra options now coming their way.
Voting will take place until 9pm on Friday 2nd September. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 7th September, with a live broadcast on YFS TV's YouTube channel. 

How to vote:

Click here for GOTS | SOTS
Send a tweet tagging @yfst and commenting with your favourite goal and/or save. 

Web voting
Use the form below to cast a vote. One vote is allowed per valid email address (emails that bounce will not count).
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Jamie Skinner Goal of the Season video
Jak Trueman Save of the Season video
The Scottish FA Youth Cup kicks off this weekend with seven ties over the next nine days. Below is a guide to what is taking place:
Central Section
Clyde v Queen’s Park: Sunday 28 August 2016, Broadwood Stadium, 1pm 
Dunfermline Athletic v Berwick Rangers: Sunday 28 August 2016, East End Park, 2pm
Heriot Watt University v Partick Thistle: Friday 2 September 2016, Oriam National Performance Centre, 7.30pm
Edusport Academy v Alloa Athletic: Sunday 4 September 2016, Ainslie Park, 3pm
North Section
Deveronvale v Inverurie Loco Works: Sunday 28 August 2016, Princess Royal Park, 2pm
Turriff United v Keith: Sunday 28 August 2016, The Haughs, 2pm
Aberdeen v Fraserburgh: Friday 26 August 2016, Pittodrie, 7.30pm
For the full draw click here.
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